The Microsoft Store allows easy access to UWP apps and also helps update them automatically. Apps from the Windows Store are tested and verified for use and should usually be good to use. But nothing is perfect, especially with technology. One of the errors which Windows 11/10 users have been reporting is that they receive a The App didn’t start in the required time when loading applications like the Photos app, etc.
The user tries to open the app, and a window starts loading with dots circling on the screen. It goes on for some time after which either nothing happens or it displays this error box:
You may see an error message box or you may not. But if you check the Windows Application log, you will see the error – The App didn’t start in the required time.
The App didn’t start in the required time
You could face this issue while opening the Photos app, or any other app, for that matter. The causes of The App didn’t start in the required time error could be as follows:
- Conflict with the date and time settings
- A conflict with third-party services or applications
- Corruption in the app itself.
The first reaction towards the error should be to restart the system and try to open the Windows app again. If it resolves the issue, well and good, otherwise move towards the following procedure in a step by step manner:
- Check the date and time
- Update Windows 11/10 and the Windows Store app
- Use the Windows Store Apps Troubleshooter
- Reset the app
- Uninstall & reinstall the concerned app
- Troubleshoot in Clean Boot State
- Uninstall the latest Windows Update.
Let us see the suggestions in detail.
1] Check the date and time
The date and time is located at the right end of the taskbar. Check if it is correct as per your time zone. If not, change it as mentioned below:
In Windows 11/10, right-click on the option showing the date and time on the taskbar. In the menu that appears, click on the option Adjust date/time. Windows 11/10 Date & time Settings will open up. Now you may set the options to set the time and timezone automatically, or you may set this option to the Off position and then press the Change button to set the time manually.
The good part about the system clock is that it updates automatically whenever connected to the internet. But if it doesn’t happen, it could be corrected manually.
2] Update Windows 11/10 and the Windows Store app
Open Windows 11/10 Settings page and select the option Updates and Security. The Windows Update tab would be selected by default. Click on Check for Updates.
Restart the system once the updates are done and check if the issue gets resolves. If not, please move to the next step.
3] Use the Windows Store Apps Troubleshooter
Run the Windows Store Apps troubleshooter and see if it identifies any problems and helps fix them automatically.
4] Reset the app
Reset the app via Settings and see if it helps.
5] Uninstall & reinstall the concerned app
If nothing helps, you may want to uninstall and then fresh reinstall that Windows Store app and see if that helps you. You may use our freeware 10AppsManager to completely uninstall the app easily.
6] Troubleshoot in Clean Boot state
To identify if any third-party application is interfering with the Windows Store app, perform a Clean Boot, and try to isolate the issue.
To do this, you have to Run msconfig to open the System Configuration window, select the Services tab, and click on Hide all Microsoft Services. Then click on Disable All.
Now select the Startup tab and click on Open Task Manager. Right-click and disable all the applications in the list. Click OK to save the settings and restart the computer.
Once in the Clean Boot State, check if the app runs. If it does, then some third-party process is definitely interfering with the smooth working of this app. You should try and identify the offending process manually.
7] Uninstall the latest Windows Update
If You started facing this issue after a Windows Update, then we suggest you uninstall the Update and then Hide it for a couple of weeks and see.
Why is an app not opening on Windows?
There could be numerous reasons why an app is not opening on Windows computers. No matter whether you use Windows 11, Windows 10, or any other version, several reasons could be held responsible for not opening an app on your PC. From a corrupt system file, and malware to adware, anything could cause such an issue. However, you can reset and install the app to get rid of the problem quickly.
How do you fix Windows 11/10 the app didn’t start?
If you get The app didn’t start in the required time on Windows 11/10 error, you need to follow the instructions mentioned above. Start the troubleshooting process by checking the date and time settings. Then, you can use the Troubleshooter. Following that, you can reset the app, reinstall it, etc. If nothing helps, you can try troubleshooting it in the Clean Boot State.
I hope something helps.